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Rockets' Asik seeks trade

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Center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has formally asked for a trade, his agent said Thursday.

Asik's dissatisfaction with the Rockets is not a surprise. After free-agent center Dwight Howard joined the team this season, Asik lost his starting job and the bulk of the minutes.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets have no immediate plans to trade Asik.

"I would say the situation is very frustrating right now and we're trying to work through it," Asik's agent, Andy Miller, said. "For Omer, the objective has always been to continue to develop and grow as a player. That's why we came to Houston in the first place.

"If that objective can't be met, if we can't get the right platform to grow and contribute as a player, it's certainly frustrating."

The 27-year-old Asik, who started every game last season for the Rockets, is averaging 22.1 minutes so far this year and 5.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Those numbers are down from last season's 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.

On Wednesday night in an overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Asik was limited to four minutes and did not play in the second half.
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